As announced earlier today, the Board is proposing to increase the final
dividend by 50% to 21.0p per ordinary share (2012 - 14.0p). This rise also
produces a 50% increase in the total dividend for the year to 30.0p (2012 -
20.0p) with this being covered by earnings almost 3.0 times (2012 - 3.3 times).
The proposed final dividend is subject to approval by shareholders at the
Annual General Meeting on 13 December 2013. If approved by shareholders, the
final dividend will be paid on 15 January 2014 to all ordinary shareholders on
the Register of Members on 13 December 2013. The ex-dividend date is 11
-0- Oct/15/2013 08:29 GMT
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